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Greens disappointed by 'inadequate' biodiversity strategy

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 27 Oct 2010

The Australian Greens are disappointed with the Government’s newly released Australia’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030, saying it offers little hope for reversing Australia’s declining natural diversity.

“There is a distinct ambiguity to the five year national targets included with this strategy, and there is no mention of the financial support this strategy will be given,” Senator Siewert said today.

“This strategy is totally inadequate in the face of Australia's growing environmental challenges.

“The strategy purports to be operating under a 20 year time frame, but has no vision as to where biodiversity is expected to be in 2030.

“With no situational analysis, it’s impossible to assess the potential impact of the five year targets set out in the strategy, and the entire plan is meaningless without knowing what financial resources will be directed to it.

“It would appear that the new Environment Minister Tony Burke has been left with the remnants of the Peter Garrett era – a strategy which takes the lowest common denominator approach.

“The significant rate of mammalian extinction across Northern Australia is a clear indication of why immediate action is required, together with longer term goals that combat the problems linked to plant and animal pests, logging, land clearing and water.

“2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity. We’re already at the end of October and there is very little to show for it.

“Australia’s natural environment has clearly been overstretched, and this can only be fixed through comprehensive strategy that sets clear targets and has strong financial resources behind it,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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